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Press Contact: Dave Brannigan, Deputy Fire Chief, (510) 981-5501

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER CELEBRATIONS SAFELY WITH THESE TIPS

Berkeley, California (Friday, June 30, 2017) - As Fourth of July celebrations near, Berkeley Police and Fire Departments caution that fireworks are not allowed in Berkeley - including those marketed as "safe and sane" in neighboring communities.

When fireworks are not handled and monitored by professionals, they can cause injuries and fires. That's a particular concern in Berkeley's hills, where dry grasses can quickly ignite into a fire. Refrain from using fireworks and report illegal fireworks use to the non-emergency dispatch line at (510) 981-5900. Additionally, you can turn in illegal fireworks at any of the following Berkeley Fire stations: 

  • Fire Station 1 - 2442 8th Street
  • Fire Station 2 - 2029 Berkeley Way
  • Fire Station 3 - 2710 Russell Street
  • Fire Station 4 - 1900 Marin Avenue
  • Fire Station 5 - 2680 Shattuck Avenue
  • Fire Station 6 - 999 Cedar Street
  • Fire Station 7 - 3000 Shasta Avenue

To ensure that everyone in Berkeley can enjoy the Fourth of July as a community, the City hosts a daylong celebration at the Berkeley Waterfront that concludes with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. For details about the free celebration - which includes live music, activities for kids, and other activities -- view the City news release about the celebration. The release also includes information about getting there and the closure of University Avenue to the Waterfront from 6pm to 11pm.

Berkeley Police Department will have extra officers working on July 4. Public consumption of alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic container, or the use of fireworks are prohibited and violators could be cited and/or arrested. . Possession or discharge of any fireworks are also banned in East Bay Regional Parks, including McLaughlin Eastshore State Park bordering the Berkeley Waterfront.

The Berkeley Police and Fire Departments hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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